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in massachusetts, too. tonight on "washington week." >> to the people of haiti we say clearly and with conviction you will not be foresaken, you will not be forgotten. in this, your greatest need, america stands with you. gwen: a terrible earthquake. >> this is a major catastrophe for haiti. gwen: a devastating death toll. >> we need more people down here! gwen: uncertainty everywhere. >> the most urgent thing we can do now is get them through the next week to 10 days. we have to find the living and the dead and we have to take care of both. gwen: can haiti, plagued by decades of deprivation, survive? in washington, the president talks tough to bankers paying themselves big bonuses. >> we want our money back and we're going to get it. gwen: but will taxpayers still pay in the end? and in massachusetts, a potential political upset that could undo ted kennedy's legacy. covering the week, helene cooper of "the new york times," doyle mcmanus of "the los angeles times," deborah solomon of "the wall street journal," and dan balz of "the washington post." plus, a special report from abc's martha raddatz
from our washington newsroom. tom, good evening. >> reporter: brian, as recalls go this one is very big and involves a shutdown and raises questions about quality control at toyota. toyota is telling its dealerships nationwide to suspend all sales of eight different models involved in the recall it announced last week for that sticking accelerator pedal until it can find a remedy. you may remember the recall involves 2.3 million vehicles. there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms in rare cases mechanically stick while partially depressed or return slowly to the idle position. here are the models. the 2009 to 2010 rav4, '09 to '10 corolla, 2009 to 2010 matrix and the '05 to '10 avalon. certain 2007-2010 camrys, not all. the highlander, the 2007-2010 tundra and the sequoia. if not listed, the model is not on the recall. it will still be sold. otherwise those models will stop being sold effective immediately. toyota is shutting down five production lines next week until it gets to the bottom of the problem. that tells you how big of a problem this has become. those p
's nbc 4 health and fitness expo will be officially under way. here is a live look at the washington convention center, packed with exhibits, family friendly fun and life-saving information. lelths head o let's head out to news 4's doreen gentzler. good morning, doreen. >> reporter: good morning kimberly. we have theme work. this is our 17th year. i guess it is time we got our own theme music. we are ready to cut the ribbon and get underway with the nbc 4 health and fitness expo. this year will be big and better than ever. before we start, i want to introduce a few very special guest. congressman woman eleanor holmes norton, we are glad you are here. >> i thought i would introduce my life bill, lifetime improvement in food and exercise, because you are doing something for us trying to get the federal government into it. we have got 30% obesity in this country. thank you for this expo with lots of people out there lined up to get in. >> lots of people and lots of information about healthy eating and how to stay healthy. >> let's help ourselves while the health care bill is on too, ple
the glad tidings. >> yes. behind me here as we look toward the washington monument nothing but sunshine showing up in the sky and we have a lot of sunshine which means temperatures will be going up, really far today. here we are. 31 degrees. we made our jump with that sunshine. no wind chill because we don't have any winds. dew point shows it is pretty dry outside. things we will be covering this morning, nice and sunny for today and tomorrow. temperatures warmer than they have been. the last 40-degree day. that came new year's day. last 50-degree day was the day after christmas. so we have a good first half of the weekend to talk about, too. a few things to cover right now. get you caught up on the roadways with patranya bhoolsuwan. >>> okay. let's get some traffic. we have an accident on 95 right now at southbound 198. take a look. oh, look it's clear. live breaking news. the accident on 198 is clear but we are seeing traffic heading toward the beltway. jump on the outer loop and you can so it is basically a parking lot here on 93 from 193. 95 to 270 to the american legion very heavy
flooding over the next several hours. weave had only about a quarter ch here in washington. just to our west we've had about 1/2 inch. shenandoah valley has had from an inch to over three inches. around two inches just to the east of the blue ridge. just had a gust at dulles airport at 44 miles an hour, those winds bringing down a few tree limbs causing power outages this morning. the temperature now 60 degrees in washington on january 25th. it's not going to last long. we'll be near 40 by midnight. the 30s tomorrow morning. this rain should taper off and end around midday today with the winds remaining rather gusty into the afternoon. a bit blus sterry again tomorrow. partly cloudy on it is with highs in the mid to upper 40s. a bit colder on wednesday and thursday. morning lows in the upper 20s with afternoon highs in the low to mid 40s. looks like a chance of snow on friday. we'll take a look at that. that will be coming up in just a few minutes. right now watch out for the ponding of water especially around construction areas. many small creeks and streams are running high. they may
cabinet is forced to meet outside on plastic chairs. in washington, brooke hart, nbc news. >> there are glimmers of hope popping up across haiti. this morning we're hearing from members of fairfax county search and rescue team. they say they are exhausted but keep moving forward. they pulled a u.n. officer from denmark from the rubble of a crushed building. he was there since last week. he was in remarkably good shape. >> took us four hours to get to him. we saw him. we got a visual on him and had him out in four. he's in good shape. >> they are being called heroes for their work in haiti. they saved about a dozen people from the rubble. >>> even here in washington you can help earthquake victims in haiti. >> the haitian embassy needs help sorting through the thousands of donations people made over the weekend. megan mcgrath has more. >> reporter: good morning. of course the situation in haiti is really quite dire and has struck a chord with people in our area. the outpouring of support has been tremendous. if you see over my shoulder here the u-haul is filled with supplie
way and that they are angry and fed up with washington and they can decide elections. we saw it in virginia and new jersey. >> we did. we absolutely did. we're going to get you to hang on, norah. joining norah on the victory, nbc news chief mark whit can kerr with us and nbc's mike viqueira. we'll pick up on what norah said. it's like any relationship whether you're married or dating, you'd better not take the person for granted and that's what we're seeing here. don't take me for granted no matter who you are. i think this is all about independents. barack obama won in 2008 because he attracted independents who were fed up with the republicans after the bush administration and what we've seen now first in virginia and new jersey and now massachusetts independents who are frustrated with what's happening in washington, who frankly don't like either party, are going to vote their anger by voting against incumbents. the real question, a lot of soul-searching on the democratic side but i think there also has to be on the republican side where there is still a lot of tension betw
.ncicap.org-- >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >>> good morning, washington. thank you for joining us. i am alison starling. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. lisa baden is standing by with the latest on the traffic. let's start with brian and the weather. we have a long holiday weekend. >> yesterday, we hit 50 degrees. we finally hit 50. we will be in the low 50's today. we do have something, some rain by sunday. upper 20's in martinsburg. 36 downtown. not nearly as cold this morning. let's call it partly sunny. pleasant and a mile. low 50's. looking good. -- pleasant and mild. >> this is a smile on my face. we started off on a rough notes yesterday. this morning, everything looks good. this is 270 travel. uneventful. everything is open. montrose road over 270. the beltway through montgomery county is open. good in fairfax and nothing complicated heading into the district. back to you. >> thank you. >>> we turn to our top story. the urgent rescue effort after the deadly earthquake in haiti. rescuers are trying to find anyone. the body count keeps
at homestead air force base where vac he's are -- evacuees are met. in northwest washington today, a memorial mass for victims of haiti's earthquake. ♪ [ music ] hundreds of people attended the mass at the shrine of the sacred heart to remember those who died in the tragedy. archbishop of washington says washington's haitian community will also need time to heal. >> what we're hearing is there are levels of pain and suffering. first, there is the obvious loss of loved ones and people having to deal with those that died or are still missing. and then there's the certain level of despair that sets in when people see the devastation all around them. and they begin to try to anticipate what will happen next. it's in that area that we think we can be of great help. >> the archbishop says he's been pleased with the out pouring of support for haiti by washington's catholic community. >>> heavy rain is headed our way. there are some concerns about flooding. let's head straight over to devon lucy in the weather center. >> we have seen a flash flood watch that goes into effect tomorrow for the counti
this morning. 95 in virginia between washington and baltimore, travel times are in our favor of this morning along 95. someone set 66 b spam, he was involved in a fender bender -- 66 eastbound. they have moved on to the left shoulder. i will take you live to the beltway and university boulevard. traffic heading away from us is the inner loop and is moving nicely. chopper bill will be out in just a little while. now to the news desk. >> thank you. >>> 6:12, 28 degrees. >> bad weather has one maryland town on the edge of disaster, literally. >> the latest from haiti. hundreds, maybe eve >> you are watching abc 7's "good morning washington," with doug mckelway, alison starling, meteorologist brian van de graaff, weather, and lisa baden, traffic. this is "good morning washington," on your sid >>> in our top stories, aftershocks continue to rattle the capital of haiti after yesterday's devastating earthquake. many buildings were toppled. possibly thousands of people are under the rubble. rescue teams from virginia and california are being sent there to help out. >> the general assembly's kickoff
. martha: scott brown and his supporters are ready to see him go to washington, right now. listen to this. >> [chanting] >> the people, as you know by the votes, have now filled the office themselves and i'm ready to go to washington, without delay. martha: all right, but that will not happen today. there are procedural hurdles that need to be cleared first. massachusetts state law allows ten days to certify the results. that's to make sure there aren't igregularity that is could alter the outcome, among them the certification of absentee ballots from servicemen overseas, as soon as that certification comes in, brown will be sworn in. bill: meantime, some interesting election poll numbers into fox done by telephone, 61 percent of brown voters say the decifit reduction is more important than health care reform, that poll conducted by ras mussence reports and it surveyed about 1000 massachusetts voters who took part in the special senate election. we'll examine those can karl rove in a matter of moments. martha: brown's victory brings the number of republicans in the senate to 41. that's an
the washington game is after a tough election like you had last week in massachusetts is to say, well, what must we have here? some white houses in the past have had big shakeups and you decided in the obama white house to give a bigger role to david mruf. he will now take a bigger role outside of the white house and keeping a closer eye on public opinion and senate and house races across the country. there are some, david, who are saying what about inside the white house? shouldn't we have a shakeup there. this is an administration that has been too differential in crafting policy and some would say too close with wall street and not close enough with main street. do you need to shake up your inside team? >> that is part of the washington game. washington loves to throw out a body. nothing that gets washington more excited than the prospect of someone losing their job. the fact is that we have a wonderful group in the white house that is working really hard and david, as value added, we love him and off writing a book for a year and we're happy to have his talents back with us on a more regular
think, that we'll see 1 to 3 inches of snow here in the immediate washington area. for you folks into southern maryland, that is southern parts of charles county, st. marys county, three, maybe some places more than six inches. especially down towards fredericksburg. i still think only a 20% chance of a major storm for us here in washington. that starts mid-morning around the washington area. one thing that's for sure, it will be a very light fluffy snow. and easy to deal with. not snow-making weather kind of snows. we will be right on the fringe and right on the edge of a major snowroducer for southern maryland and even the border area around the norfolk area. back to you. >> we'll check back in a bit. bob, thank you. >>> folks south of the city can expect to see more of the snow. live in prince william county now with a look at how folks between there and richmond are getting ready. julie? >> hi, jim. i'm in the woodbridge area. no doubt there's a few milk and bread runs being waged as people prepare for what may be on the way tomorrow. it seems like the farther south you go on
to the washington area. >>> a powerful aftershock rocked haiti this morning. >> jay gray is in port-au-prince anhas our report. >> port-au-prince is still on edge this evening after that major tremor this morning and another day filled with desperation here. a violent wake-up call in port-au-prince this morning. the strongest aftershock since last week's deadly quake forced thousands back into the streets. [ inaudible ] >> reporter: but fear quickly gave way to frustration again as many endured their eighth day with little food or water. >> and i understand their frustrations. we can't do enough fast enough. but i tell them more help is on the way. >> reporter: so are more u.s. troops. at least 11,000 are in the region right now and more are arriving every day. >> we are doing joint operations with the u.n. forces, particularly when it relates to humanitarian assistance. >> reporter: aid is flowing more freely now, but still not fast enough. still, there are moments of great joy like this one when new york firefighters rescued two young children overnight. but for most, they continue to hope and pr
the mormon temple, there is a crash near georgia avenue. right now of the george washington parke white southbound, a stalled pickup truck after 123. let's go live to 395 across the 14th street bridge. it looks ok. i am interested in the right side of the screen. or the age of greek and the main line merge there is a stalled vehicle -- were the hov and mainline merge, there is a stalled vehicle. >> thank you. >>> the urgent rescue efforts after the deadly earthquake in haiti. crews are working to find survivors in port-au-prince. the body count keeps piling up. more than 50,000 people died in the earthquake. authorities say international aid is taking too long to arrive because of the damaged roadways and airports. pamela brown is live with the latest information. it is heartbreaking. >> truly tragic. despite president obama's pledge, aid is trickling into port-au-prince, leaving rescue workers struggling to provide food, water, and support. search and rescue teams are racing against the clock. they are pulling out those trapped for more than two days. a french rescue team pulled out an
against the clock, sitting survivors still trapped. last night, a washington, d.c. man was rescued underneath a collapsed building. >> on either side of us were these huge pillars. there was no way. we were all in that same spot. >> the state department says 207 american citizens have been evacuated from haiti. survivors are not getting the help they need and frustration is growing. rescue efforts are stalled because the airport is overwhelmed. there's not enough room for airplanes to land. airplanes have had to circle the air for released an hour. the airports have taken charge of the airport traffic control, and navy vessels of turn into staging grounds. >> we have conducted relief operations during the day. we bring the forces back to the ship at night. >> there's no fresh water. food is scarce. medical supplies are running low. they say time is running out. >> they will have 72 hours or so to take care of the life- threatening injuries. people are dying every minute. >> they're running out of room to take and in thousands of bodies on streets and outside of collapsed hospitals.
heard from two former u.s. president to help the people of haiti. today, "the washington post" about this and ask the question, for how long? this is sunday, january 17 and would begin with the u.s. efforts in haiti. we heard from secretary of state hillary clinton who was there yesterday. u.s. troops tried to prevent chaos in haiti's capital city. lutie louis coates flares were order breaks down. this question -- will there be a long-term u.s. commitment? the numbers are on your screen. the president will commemorate the birth of martin luther king and will campaign today for martha coakley for the senate seat given up by the death of ted kennedy. we'll talk about that later in the air but first, this piece this morning from "the washington post." clinton believes that the country can come back stronger in the future. bearing so, bottled water and other supplies, secretary clinton flew into the battered capital and told the haitian people that the u.s. will be here today, tomorrow, and in times ahead as the u.s. struggles to organize a relief effort for a barely functioning haitian
up with the nation about it. but i will -- that's part of the game, john, that washington plays, which is would you, might you, so on and so forth. i will not do that here. let's wait and see, first of all, if there is such a commission, because it's a proposal that has not been embraced by the congress. and let's see what a bipartisan effort to deal with these deficits will produce. by the way, if anybody has a plan to do this without raising any taxes on anybody, you know upper income or lower or below, then they should come forward with it. nobody wants to raise taxes. >> you call it the washington game, part of what you call the washington game is after a tough election like last week in massachusetts, to say what must we have here? some white houses in the past have had big shake ups. you want to give a bigger role to your partner in the obama campaign, he will take a big role outside of the white house, and keep a closer eye on the public opinion and senator races across the country. this is an administration that has been too deferential to congress in crafting policy, an
district of columbia. right now 36 in washington. in the low to mid-30s in montgomery, prince george's, arlington and fairfax counties but where that snow and sleet is falling and the rain as well freezing up in parts of the northern shenandoah valley and panhandle of west virginia. southern maryland around the bay in the upper 30s. there's a winter weather advisory, loudoun, howard, shenandoah valley and that warning zone all those counties in pink could get some significant icing there as the day progresses. had light icing overnight along with sleet and snow. showing a developing area of low pressure around cape hatteras as that low deepens it will dra in colder air, change the rain into light notice. light snow in washington, suburbs, all around the region by late morning and off and on through the afternoon but just a trace for total accumulation arnd the metro area. but further west and north two to four inches of snow and sleet as we get into the late afternoon hours. all this will ends. quarter inch of ice in the shenandoah valley. all this ending by late afternoon cle
all-star and the friday lightning round. "special report" starts now. welcome to washington. i'm jim angle in for bret baier. some 10,000 american troops expected in earthquake ravaged haiti by monday as the world mobilizes a mantarian crusade for the living and tries to dig out the dead. correspondent steve harrigan is live in port-au-prince. good evening, steve. >> jim, when all the buildings has been knocked down, use the street for everything, for a home, bathroom and for some it's become a cemetery. we are seeing a rescue operation right here on the side of the road. it's ordinary nations using their own bear hands to try to pull people of the of the rubble. in this case, for this woman, it looks like they've gotten here too late. the basics here still aren't getting done like picking up bodies. a corpse in the road covered with flies. no one has moved the corpse but they set up a number of stones as a roadblock to keep the cars from running over the dead bodies. >> a lot of people are trying to get word to our mother. we're fine. not all of us, but we're fine. we left the house
was loud and exciting, a visionary and a pioneer. news4's megan mcgrath joins us live from the washington national cathedral where our friend and colleague is being remembered this morning. megan? >> reporter: good morning, barbara. everyone is basically moved into the cathedral right now. any moment now the memorial is going to begin. it is expected to be a very personal memorial. just a handful of speakers. a little while ago family members arrived herate at the cathedral, as well as some of his closest friends, among them joe gibbs and sonny jeen son and everyone here to play tribute to george michael and his legacy. george michael is a member of our news4 family for nearly 28, but he was so ch more than that. he was a huge innovator through his sports casts and his syndicated television show, "the sports machine," george changed the way local news was covered and he was just an innovator in that field. his use of game highlights from around the country revolutionized local sports reporting and he took it way beyond the coverage of just the local teams. he really stepped it up a notch.
unbelievable. however, he is inspired to push on. the haitian embassy here in washington, of course the phones have been ringing off the hook since news of the earthquake broke. haitian americans are calling and trying to get information about loved ones back in haiti. haitian diplomates say they are having a hard time getting information but they are going to try to help anyone with questions about loved ones. >>> we have some good news out of haiti. thanks to a local doctor. dr. irwin of manassas has helped to build a hospital there. and he said that that hospital survived the quake. it is still standing. doctor irwin is mobilizing a team to go to haiti to help those in need. and if you would like to make a charitable donation to the residents of haiti, the federal trade commission is recommending that you check out the charity before you give your money. the better business bureau, charity navigator and the american institute of philanthropy are good resources, and you can visit the national association of state charity officials to see if a specific charity is regulated. we warn you to be
in yesterday morning. >>> a teacher at sidwell friends school in northwest washington is out of job after being charged with sexual abuse. until this school year, rocket peterson taught seventh and eighth grade social studies. according to "the washington post", peterson was charged in two separate incidents involving a minor in both montgomery and queen ann's county. >>> a man has been flashing people along the w and od bike trail. they say he struck five times last week. each time he shows up along tree line near the trail without any pants on. police say one woman claims he use ad flashlight to draw attention to him. >>> arlington's only murder of 2009 remains unsolved three weeks after it happened. carl deaner a retired government worker was killed in late december. investigators are still gathering evidence and jackie bensen reports, his friends are trying to help bring his killer to justice. >> we're here right now, out to the highway, that section and all the way back. round how did these two dads from arlington end up taking part in a neighborhood safety check on a wednesday night? chec
of the national days of service events taking place in washington here today on our website at wusa9.com. live in washington, kristin fisher, 9 news now and wusa9.com. >>> jessica doyle is off today but we have the "living $mart" report at 7 after the hour. a deal could be reached by wednesday to sell the washington wizards. the "washington post" reports capitals owner is in negotiations reportedly to buy the team. he was given first right of refusal following the death of abe poland last year. the team is worth $450 million. >>> montgomery county may try to lure costco to wheaton. the council is considering a $4 million deal. it would bring the warehouse retailer to the mall there. costco would replace the hold hects. >>> maryland leaders are down playing a report that bwi martial airport for sale. a department of transportation spokesman says there is no effort to sell the airport. >>> it is 8 after the hour. in four minutes the hero central report. bring you an update on a local literacy program. learn new developments with hortons kids an how we are helping out. right now it is focus on ma
that there is a tremendous amount of jaundice about the system here in washington. and i think that's infected the view of health care bill whose come poebent parts the american people strongly support. so i -- i agree with what senator webb was saying there. >> would you take it component by component? that's what delahunt is saying. portability, second bill. break this thing down and it is too hard to explain as one massive bill. >> well, look, i think, first of all, there are going to be lots of conversations about how to proceed and all of these views will be taken into account. i'm sure that the decisions will be made. the viability of some of these parts absent of others i think would become a question but the -- bugger point here is that we have a lot of things to do. and they all have to be aimed at one thing which is to bring more economic security and to middle class families, middle class workers in this country. that's what people were saying yesterday. that's they said when they elected barack obama. they wanted us to come here and make the system work for them and not the special interest
>> scott brown comes to washington. >> backroom deals and lack of transparency and lack of not solving problems is getting old. >> bret: the healthcare proposal appear to be dead. >> i don't see the votes for it at this time. >> bret: in the wake they're scrambling to salvage something. >> that there has to be basic things we can agree on. >> bret: brown's election massachusetts completely changes the political landscape in washington. we have fox team coverage with jim angle, carl cameron, james rosen and molly line. plus, shannon bream with another major game changer for the 2010 mid-term election elections issued today by the u.s. supreme court. "special report" starts right now. ♪ >> bret: the speaker of the house today officially threw dirt on the healthcare plan that was unofficially killed in tuesday's election of massachusetts republican scott brown to the senate. chief washington correspondent jim angle starts off tonight's broadcast with an obituary. >> reporter: this was only one hope to keep the democratic health proposal alive, have the house pass the sena
by sending a republican to washington to replace ted kennedy. scott brown has played on the theme, make me a head senator. in other words, he wants to go to washington, scott brown has campaigned in a state he carried by saying, i want to vote against the obama health care plan. i want to fight the president. i think the stimulus care plan was wrong. there is too much spending in washington. it appeals to independent vot s voters. scott brown would run around the stage saying, no, this is the people's seat. so you have one that had a better campaign, had more ads and more energy, and they think they are on the edge of what will be drama for them. it has been 23 years. they believe in less than 24 hours, me might have a in this early month, the first month of mid-term election year, john. >> where we talk about a political phenomenon, and always leading up to it is the word intensity, especially important with a special selection like this, because you all have to deal with slated comments. as far as intensity, what did we see heading out to the polls today? >> the intensity is off the cha
captioning services, inc >> welcome to washington, i'm bret baier. polls open tomorrow for one of the biggest election in years. it could literally decide the fate of the democrats' healthcare reform legislation. first, a quick update on the rescue efforts in haiti. 70,000 bodies have been recovered so far. a massive relief evident continues today. the united nations officials say 73,000 people received enough food to last a week. the u.n. is calling on more soldiers to keep the peace. u.n. promises to contribute million-and-a-half in emergency aid. and president obama committed $100 million to the effort. we have much more live from haiti in a few minutes. ♪ ♪ >> bret: first up, in a region that loves its sports the massachusetts senate race could be turning into one of those miracle on ice. david versus goliath story. relatively unknown republican could be 24 hours from staging one of the biggest political upsets ever. karl cameron reports on a day before the election that was never supposed to be close. >> greeting the hockey fans, scott brown on the brink of the once unthinkable, winn
washington correspondent, norah o'donnell in boston for us. norah, thanks. so what now? is the president's health care bill dead or just barely breathing? senior aides tell us this morning their best hope is the house passing the senate bill as is. nbc's mike viqueira is live in washington this morning. but, mike, that will not be easy. will the house go for that? >> reporter: savannah, i think they're going to have to fight the impulse here at the white house and democratic leadership on the hill. to fight this impulse into retrenchment into partisan dogma. this is, after all, an election year. and with many in the house of representatives, and remember the democratic caucus in the house is dominated by the liberal wing of that caucus. with many of them feeling that the problem here is we have d a disaffected our base, they are disenchanted. the impulse is going to be to go back to the left. they passed health care reform out of the house of representatives by two votes, by just two votes with the help of one republican from louisiana and one member from florida, democratic member robe
are watching abc 7's "good morning washington," with doug mckelway, alison starling, meteorologist brian van de graaff, weather, and lisa baden, traffic. this is "good morning washington," on your side. >>> in our top stories, a republican upset in massachusetts. scott brown won the race for ted kennedy's senate seat. this gives the republicans the 41st vote they need to block legislation favored by democrats. >> the search continues for the man who fired on a police helicopter and killed eight people. officers believe they have christopher speight surrounded. all schools in appomattox county park close because of the men hunt. more rain storms are expected to hit southern california. fire officials are ordering mandatory evacuation. they are worried the saturated ground could cause mudslides. >>> in health news, researchers have discovered a clue to slowing down the aging process. it is fish oil. patients have long been encouraged to take fish oil sulements contain omega 3 fatty acids. scientists say they may help you live longer. patients with higher fish oil levels age slower. >>> 6:15. your
. here in washington, president obama is vowing a swift response from the u.s. this rescue and recovery effort will be complex and challenging, as we move resources into haiti, we will be working closely with partners on the ground, including the many ngos from haiti and across haiti. the united nations stabilization mission, which appears to have suffered its own losses, and our partners in the region and around the world. this must truly be an international effort. >> the most powerful earthquake to strike haiti in more than 200 years. it was felt as far away as cuba. >> it is a disaster of enormous proportions, one that demands a comparable relief effort. as a result this morning, aid is pouring in from around the world. fairfax county's urban search and rescue team is among those who have answered the call. news 4's tracee wilkins joins us live from dulles international airport, where that team is getting ready to deploy. tracee? >> reporter: good morning, joe. they are still getting ready to deploy, but the good news is they've got their cargo plane here, passenger plane standing b
into new york, we were in washington. we had lunch over at the white house with the president of the united states. the restrictions, i want to be up front with our viewers, what we can and can't report, but to make a long story short, it was a fascinating opportunity that all of us had to get some insight into what he will do and won't do tonight. it should be no surprise to our viewers, the emphasis is going to be not on health care, but on jobs. >> on jobs, jobs, jobs, and the president will try to make a down payment on fiscal constraits and definite at this time vie ducks. to echo -- this is a tradition, past presidents have done it. it's gracious of the president to share his thoughts and his staff to share his thoughts. the president feels more comfortable in the past. this is the third time in the hall for a joint session, the first one officially the state of the union, and obviously well aware of the significant challenge he faces. the health care reform, but the question is, can they punch it in? and what can they do in this environment post the special election in massachusetts,
his message across? t.j. winick joins us now from washington with more on the speech. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: good evening. before a joint session of congress the president acknowledged some missteps over the past year, but that didn't stop him from pushing an aggressive agenda. >> the president of the united states. >> reporter: delivering his first state of the union address, barack obama didn't sound like a president humbled by historic efforts to fix the economy and health care. >> despite our hardships, our union is strong. we do not give up. we do not quit. we do not allow fear or division to break our spirit. >> reporter: the president spent most of the speech on the economy and jobs, offering help for middle class families -- >> we'll extend our midd class tax cuts. >> reporter: and small businesses. >> i'm also proposing a new small business tax credit. one that will go to over 1 million small businesses who hire new workers or raise wages. >> reporter: while pushing spending frees to help drive down the budget deficit. >> starting in 2011
of a lady who did not make it, from the rubble in haiti. let's go to washington. governor ed rendell, democrat of pennsylvania, has just come back from haiti accompanying 53 children from the orphanage in port-au-prince. how did this come about, ed? >> the brezhnev orphanage was run by two women out of pittsburgh. when the earthquake happened, they had to keep the kids outside, no sanitation, very little food and water. they called home and were connected with the wonderful pittsburgh medical center. they tried to get the ability to take them out, they couldn't do it. they called me, i couldn't get anywhere. then we saw the haitian ambassador being interviewed on cnn. so i called into the station and said, can you get a message from me to ambassador joseph? they did, the ambassador called me, he started the ball rolling. then we got great cooperation from the department of homeland security, immigration, the state department, the military was terrific. we got on a plane yesterday morning, monday morning, at 11:30 from pittsburgh. we reached the port-au-prince at about 6:00. we were t
sight over haiti. our washington bureau was the only invited on this mission, they hope to guide aid to the people that need it. >> they have asked to specifically focus on port-au-prince, theicalital capital city, and looking at roads and telephone lines and power lines. >> the crew will fly over haiti and images will be used to help in efforts. one important pipeline comes from charleston air force base where airmen are being flown from around the clock. >> we landed in haiti at night and in doing so we saved ourselves a lot of time. there is only one runway and a lot of planes filled with humanitarian aid trying to land in the day. crews only had hours to land and move for room for others bringing aid from around the world. >> before the sun went down, inspiration of this mission of mercy looked up at the cargo of a country needed. this is a devastation seen from the sea-17, homes reduced to rubble, affecting even the strongest of military men and women. from day to night time on the ground in haiti, everywhere we looked we saw crews from all around the world. some having not slep
of people in need. we'll cover that at the top of the newscast. with us in washington, d.c., pat buchanan, margaret carlson. in new york, mike barnicle. >> an interesting war heating up between one of america's largest and most powerful corporations and china. google is threatening to exit china. on the front page of "the wall street journal" and we'll talk a good bit about conan o'brien and jay leno. late night wars that heat up. >>> first, let's go to news, mika. and certainly have lots to talk about in haiti and beyond. >>> breaking news from haiti. because it is day break, revealing a picture of complete devastation this morning after haiti's capital was all but destroyed in the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in more than 200 years. the magnitude 7.0 quake was centered just ten miles from port-au-prince, an impoverished city of almost 2 million people. the extent of the damage and death toll is just coming to light. tens of thousands homeless and power and communication systems remain cut off. the exact number of victims is not clear. humanitarian workers are bracing for t
will come to washington tomorrow, his first trip, to meet with the massachusetts delegation. he'll also spend some time with senator john mccain who was one of his earliest supporters, but ooh a fascinating story and after his event and his news conference in boston, we were retracing key steps with his campaign and they understand it has fundamentally changed the health care debate in washington, but what they say the fundamental issue in massachusetts was disaffection, the same factors that contributed to the president's big victory in 2008, frustration about the economy, high unemployment and bailouts on wall street, high spending and a couple of key quick points. scott brown, the republican used john kennedy, an ad where john kennedy is talking about cutting taxes in the 1960s. it started with plaque and white john kennedy and it came to scott brown in color finishing the quote, saying that's what i want to do, restoring the kennedy, economic philosophy and they say don't underestimate the christmas day attempted bombing of the u.s. jetliner. they say after that, scott brown. he's a
the tanker, fighting broke out, leaving three dead. one year ago this week, barack obama entered washington in style, by train on his formal inaugural journey. today, as barack obama deals with the realities of government, our correspondent has been retracing the route of that whistles stop tour -- was stopped -- whistle-stop tour. >> they came out to see their man on way to the white house. >> temperatures that were beyond frigid. they stood for hours to get a glimpse of this african-american man who was achieving the great american dream. >> as i prepare to leave for washington on a trip that you made possible -- >> baltimore was 4 days prior and for weeks after -- baltimore was for days prior and for weeks after -- >> i am not going alone. i will be taking you with me. >> baltimore, a largely black and democratic city. many feel the same enthusiasm for the man. >> asking one year later, how do you think barack obama is doing? >> it politicians and pundits sees a clear divide developing -- a politician and pundit sees a clear divide developing. >> the african-american community feels that
and for a lot of folks especially down to the south and west of washington, already the rain drops have started to fall. no rain drops here in northwest just yet but we're on the cusp. most of the rain is in dale city, manassas, front royal. temperatures in the upper 30s to near 40. no numbers below freezing. this will be all rain around here and it's going to be pretty much all rain all day long. highs today not going to budge more than a few degrees up to the low 40s. i'm more optimistic, a little bit more sunshine. >> glad to hear it. >>> right now in haiti a critical situation is growing even more dire. still no official death toll. haiti's government alone has already recovered 20,000 bodies. that doesn't include bodies recovered by relief agencies or the victim's relatives. search and recovery teams continue to dig for victims while survivors are struggling and emotions are taking over. jay gray reports from the haitian capital of port-au-prince. >> reporter: the frustration is growing as much as the death count in port-au-prince, recovery teams uncover the body of the u.n. mission chief
votes on the order of what we saw back in 1994. so a lot going on here in washington on the political side, alex. unfortunately for those who want to see things done in washington, legislatively, what this bodes for that is poorly because you're going to see a lot of political posturing, a lot of votes in congress to sort of set people up, make them take tough votes heading into the november election. that does not speak well to the possibility of legislative accomplishments. >> i'm just going to make one thing clear, you slip of the tongue mentioned the president had gone shirtless and you meant tieless, i know that. feisty, i'm like okay, well that would be feisty. but let's go quick and look at the president's week ahead. preview that for us. >> sure. wednesday night, the big state of the union speech. a lot of people will be happy to know it's not the following wednesday night when the preview of a certain popular television show or first episode of a you popular television show is due to air. it's going to be on the 27th. we expect that he will strike the same populace themes tha
. >> reporter: mcdonnell briefly took aim at washington. >> the founders recognize government closest to the people governs best. >> reporter: supporters say they are confident mcdonnell can tackle the challenges ahead. >> he is a very, very intelligent person and has wonderful people working for him. i think he is going to tackle the task before him whole-heartedly. >> he is what you would call a classical conservative. he is not a right-winger by any means. he is a very pragmatic guy. >> reporter: inaugural festivities include a parade, inaugural ball and open house at the governor's mansion tomorrow. governor mcdonnell digs into the tough work of confronting a $4 billion budget deficit. julie carey, news4, richmond, virginia. >>> still ahead on our broadcast tonight, continuing coverage of the situation in haiti, including a glimmer of hope from a little girl who survived alone under a collapsed building for three days. we'll tell but that story. also, we are getting a first hand look at what fairfaxearch and rescue crews are doing on the ground. >> i'm kimberly suiters at the wash
's college basketball teams in washington, d.c. the melee happened as georgetown and louisville were warming up. a georgetown player reportedly tripped a louisville player who was running laps, sparking a scuffle which had athletes trading punches. since it happened an hour before the game, no penalties were assessed. georgetown went on to win. >>> food and supplies were lacked onto a luxury cruiseliner but not for vacationers. they are using ships to transport it there. 80 pal ets supplies were loaded onto the cruise ship bound for the earthquake-torn country. >>> the main attraction at a sportsman's show in minnesota wasn't large but made quite a splash. twiggy, the water skiing squirrel, showed off her amazing aquatic skills, wearing a tiny little life preserver. the adorable animal expertly displayed her unique talent. that's always video that makes you smile. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bi karins with your weather channel forecast. twiggy never gets old. >> can she swim? let's talk about the temperatures out there. it continues to
blaming the d.n.c. and the key democrats in washington for being late to the game and taking her race for granted. six week ago, she was up by 30 points. >> axelrod responded and said look, we did everything we were asked to do but her campaign sent out that particular memo and it showed that apparently they had been supplying the democrats with polling data from massachusetts since early december and it asked for money and stuff like that. it simply didn't come. also, somebody else they're blaming -- the underwear bomber because they are saying that -- some senior officials at the white house, aides, have said, you know, we were concentrating on fighting terrorism, all of us, at the time scott brown launched his first tv ads and that's, perhaps, why we were caught a little flatfooted. the underwear bomber. >> a lot of the blame will go a lot of ways today. maybe some people should look in the mirror. anyway, scott brown's victory changing the momentum on capitol hill. the win gives senate republicans one extra member on their side. caroline schively joins us from washington with that
controlled washington. rick klein lass the details. >> reporter: good morning, this one was never supposed to be close. but republicans within striking diance of taking ted kennedy's old senate seat, that has republicans thrilled and democrats scrambling to hold on. >> while no one can replace him, i need your help to follow in his huge footsteps. >> reporter: democrat martha coakley is relying on big political gun. a call to arms for the democratic base while republican scott brown is pitching himself as 9 ultate one-party check on the rule in washington. >> we can send an important messe to washington that business as usual is not how we want to do it. >> reporter: at stake is the democratic party 60-seat place in the senate. a loss would be a severe setback to virtually all of the legislature's efforts. it would sends a huge warning signal about the limits of the president's political poll and the downside of the health care bill. independent voters will be critical on election day, republican brown is expecting to win them but by how much? and how much will show up for the election wit
to reach many of the places and the people. >>> here in washington, we are on the verge of big weather changes coming our way. tomorrow night things could get tricky around here. >> tomorrow night and friday morning we could have travel problems getting around the area because of the wintry type of precipitation we are expecting. already this evening, just south of the area had a little bit of light rain showers started mixing in with sleet, but no accumulation south. tomorrow though, a different story for thursday night and friday. our moisture will be coming up from the south. the national weather service issued a winter storm watch to the areas in blue. that is for thursday evening, friday afteoon. washington county, maryland, down south through warren county. rappahannock and abermarle where ice could be accumulating. >>> a 4-year-old child and three teenagers were identified among the victims of a mass killing in central virginia. christopher speight is responsible for the deaths of eight children. three killed were adults, three teenagers and one is a 4-year-old boy. they were al
them most. at the embassy of haiti in northwest washington, a call for donations for the victims of the earthquake produced overwhelming results. >> we had three lines deep on mass avenue going past k street almost up to the white house. and we're very humbled. >> bags and bags of clothing, as well as food, water and other supplies were piled the grounds of the embassy. there was more inside and trucks were brought in to haul away the items for temporary storage until they could be transported to port-au-prince. >> all floors were covered inside the embassy before you got here. had six large u-haul truckses. >> at the national cathedral, there was a service of prayer and music and a special collection. the money will go to an eepiscopal haitian relief fund providing food, water and medicine to those in need. >> remember the people of hafity. reach out to those who have lost loved ones. to those who still wt for news of the missing. >> several churches in the area are reaching out to help the people of haitind are comforting relatives. >> we're praying for them at every single ma
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